Breds edge GRC to advance to Monday’s semifinals

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By Mike Aldridge

By Mike Aldridge, Sports writer

The Harrison County Thorobreds improved their record to 15-16 Thursday night as they got by the George Rogers Clark Cardinals, 53-50, in the quarterfinals of the 10th Region Tournament.  

The game, which was played in the Mason County Field House, was close throughout with seven ties and four lead changes in the game.  

The hard-fought battle ended opposite of the way so many Thorobreds games have ended this season as the Breds battled back from a deficit and won a very close game.

The Breds led after one period as both teams approached the other with caution in this win-or-go-home battle.  

The score after one quarter was a low-scoring 8 to 6.  

The scoring picked up in the second quarter, but the tempo was not to Harrison County’s favor. 

The Cardinals’ coaching staff looked to contain the Harrison County offense by limiting their shots. It worked in the first half as the Thorobreds only attempted 17 field goals.  

The bright spot in the first half was the Thorobreds’ foul shooting accuracy as they were able to make five of six tries.  

George Rogers Clark led at the halfway point 22 to 21.

The third period was identical to the first two with the two teams battling back and forth. 

The Cardinals increased the lead to three points by the end of the quarter, 34 to 31. Senior Dillon Pulliam scored eight of the 10 points scored by the Breds while George Rogers Clark had a balanced attack for their 12 points.

The fourth and final period began like the other three. However, with four minutes to play, the Harrison County squad found themselves behind, 42-35, which was the game’s largest margin.  

The Thorobreds coaching staff changed the pace of the game by applying a full court press against the Cards.  

The press allowed for three Cardinal turnovers late in the game. which gave the Thorobreds a chance to take control of the game.  

Harrison County reacted by putting together an 11-4 run which was topped off by a Trenton Thompson trey that tied the score at 46 all with 1:24 left in regulation.

The Cardinals’ junior guard Damion King hit a pair of free throws to regain the lead for his team, but on the next Harrison County possession, the Breds patiently worked the ball for a Dillon Pulliam three pointer. This gave Harrison County the lead at 49 to 48.

Again King was fouled and made both free throws to allow the Cardinals to retake the lead with 50 seconds left to play.

There were 40 seconds on the clock when junior guard D.J. Jenkins slashed through the defense for a lay in that gave Harrison County the lead for good.  

King missed on the other end and Harrison County rebounded and held the ball until Jenkins was fouled with 11 seconds left.  

The calm and collected Jenkins made both charity shots to make the score 53 to 50. King’s last-ditch effort struck the front of the rim and the Breds were in the semifinals.  

Jenkins led all scorers with 20 points making seven of 11 from the field and six of six from the foul line. Dillon Pulliam was also in double figures with 15 points.  

The Thorobreds were out-rebounded 27 to 21 but made only nine turnovers to 11 for George Rogers Clark.  

 King and freshman Jerryd Jones each made 12 points while senior Riley Caudill came off the bench to add 11 points for the Cardinals, who closed out the season at 9-20.